August Issue 2020: Celebrating Bengaluru

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August Issue 2020: Celebrating Bengaluru

A summary of the special edition that celebrates two years of publication of the magazine.

Dear Readers,

For almost a year now, I have been a reluctant participant in Bengaluru Review’s activities. So, when Sourav asked me to guest edit a special edition focused on Bengaluru (an idea mooted months ago in one of our online meetings), it came as the much-needed push to contribute significantly. As a writer, I have fantasized about the power – over the writers - that an editor wields; here was a chance to experience it. Choosing the city as the theme was the easy part, but, what new we can say and most importantly, which writers can we reach out to, became the harder questions. This was also the first time we were reaching out to writers and commissioning them to write for us. Being a fledgling outfit, we do not pay our writers and hence, the task of commissioning pieces was daunting. While deciding on the topics, it was also important to address the pandemic situation amidst us.

Now, after we have put the issue together, I can happily confess that seeking out writers and suggesting topics for them to write on was the most rewarding experience during the making of this issue. Most importantly, it was a great realization as to how generous artists are even in these difficult times. We are very proud to have put together an issue comprising of such illustrious names. Our sincere thanks to Zac O Yeah, Ramchandra P N, Kirtana Kumar, Mamta Sagar and Kaavya Sanje, Arundhati Ghosh, Archana Pidathala, Nimi Ravindran and Sandbox Collective, Abhishek Majumdar, Maithreyi Karnoor, Guruprasad D N, Vasudhendra, Sonali Dhanpal, PeeVee, and everyone else for their generous contributions and immense patience in dealing with our requests.

Shared below is the list of content included in the special issue.

Essays and Memoirs

Theatre in the Time of Corona: An essay by Nimi Ravindran

"If I were to marry a city, it would be Bengaluru": A memoir by Zac O' Yeah

Finding Baba: Making a film on B V Karanth, An essay by Ramchandra P N

Mask On. Blindfolds Off: Surveying Arts and Culture during Covid19 in India, by Arundhati Ghosh

Go Your Own Way: A brief chronicle of the yesteryear rock scene of Bengaluru, by Swaroop Kodur

Protectors, Pestilence, and Poxes: Journeying through the plague temples of Bengaluru, an essay by Sonali Dhanpal

A cloud of butterflies in the the shade of a guava tree: A Journey in Theatre, by Kirtana Kumar

Poetry in the Park: The monthly open-sky poetry gathering in Bengaluru's iconic Cubbon Park, an essay by Madhura Banerjee

How the Ooru feeds me : A Journey through South Bengaluru’s markets, organic collectives and grocery apps, by Archana Pidathala



"The trees do not hold onto these secrets": Five Poems by Priyanka Sacheti on Bengaluru

Kavya Sanje: A poetic celebration of the spirit of Namma Bengaluru, curated by Mamta Sagar

Let Poetry Be, Bengaluru: An assortment of poems that won’t let you be, compiled by Samantak Bhadra



SALT: A play by Abhishek Majumdar

Nesting: Madhavi Mahadevan’s short story on Bengaluru during the Pandemic

Unspoken Wish: Anantha's short story set in Bengaluru is an affair to remember


Photos and Multimedia

Many shades of Bengaluru, Video essays by Thousand Shades of India

The post is not just in the past: A pictorial tribute to Bengaluru’s GPO, A Photo Story by Sonali Bhatia

Single-screen Theatres of Bangalore: The last remaining frames of a bygone culture, A Photo Essay by PeeVee



Reading in the Time of Corona: Testimonials of Bookstore Owners in Bengaluru post the Pandemic, A reportage by Prithiva Sharma, Meghna Prakash, and Shaoni Dasgupta



ವಿವೇಕ್ ಅವರ ಕಥೆ: ವಿವೇಕ್ ಅವರ ಕಥೆ

ಎರಡು ಕವನಗಳು - ಮೈತ್ರೆಯೀ ಕರ್ನೂರ್

ನಾಲ್ಕು ಕವನಗಳು - ರಾಮ್ ಕುಮಾರ್ ಡಿ.ಟಿ.

ಬೆಂಗಳೂರು - ನನ್ನ ಮೊದಲ ಅನಿಸಿಕೆಗಳು, ವಸುಧೇಂದ್ರವರ ವೈಯಕ್ತಿಕ ಪ್ರಬಂಧ

ಸ್ವಾತಂತ್ರದ ಹಾದಿ - ಕನ್ನಡ ಸ್ವತಂತ್ರ ಪ್ರಕಾಶನ ಲೋಕದತ್ತ ಒಂದು ನೋಟ, ಗುರುಪ್ರಸಾದ್ ಡಿ ಎನ್ ಅವರ ವರದಿ



दक्खन के कवि: बेंगलुरु पर केन्द्रित सात कविताएँ (प्रस्तुति: अंजुमन)

बीबी: बेंगलुरु के पीजी में बीती ज़िन्दगी को समेटती अंशुमन आचार्य की कहानी

सीमांतीय संवेदना और संघर्ष: बेंगलुरु में हिंदी कविता के विकास पर सौरभ राय का आलेख


We hope you will enjoy reading this issue. Please do write to us with your thoughts.

Basav Biradar
Guest Editor

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